At the end of Paul's letter we learn that the Philippians had sent a "gift" (probably money) to Paul in prison to help him in this difficult time. So, when Paul speaks about being "content", is he only content because he now has some money/food/clothing etc...? We often associate "contentment" with "comfort", but Paul doesn't. He wants to make it clear, that while he is very thankful for the Phlippians' gift, the gift is not the source of his contentment. Paul is content because, he "can do all things through him who gives him strength." (4:13) In this last study of Paul's letter we are challenged by Paul's words to find our own source of contentment in Christ instead of money or stuff, or anything else.
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Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.